Hong Kong the “perfect stopover” says Sunwolves coach Jamie Joseph

08 Mar 2018


The Hong Kong Rugby Union today announced ticketing details for the upcoming Mitsubishi Estate Super Rugby match on 19 May at Mong Kok Stadium when Japan’s Hito- Communications Sunwolves host South Africa’s DHL Stormers in Week 14 of the 2018 regular season.

The match will be the first ever Super Rugby encounter staged in Hong Kong, home of the world-famous Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and host of the first ever Bledisloe Cup staged outside of Australia or New Zealand in 2008 (returning in 2010), and the first ever British and Irish Lions match staged in Asia, versus the Barbarians in 2013.

The Mitsubishi Estate Super Rugby match will be played in the 6,000-seat Mong Kok Stadium, marking the first rugby match held at the Kowloon ground since 2012.

The HKRU opened its ticketing campaign today with four seating categories and preferential rates for youth (aged 12 and under) and those purchasing during the early bird stages (8 March through 16 April).

Uncovered general admission seating is just HK$249 (early bird pricing at HK$199) with kids uncovered seating priced at HK$100.

General admission and covered seats will be sold for HK$399 (early bird pricing at HK$349). Individual hospitality tickets, (inclusive of covered seating and free flow food and beverage throughout the match), are priced at HK$738.

With the match one of three Sunwolves “home” games played outside of Japan each season, the Hong Kong Rugby Union is creating a special reserved seating area, the Wolfpack Stand, for local supporters of the Sunwolves.

This special fan zone is targeted at the over 10,000 local Japanese resident in Hong Kong and ticket prices are set at HK$299 for the uncovered stand with early bird pricing at just HK$249. Youth tickets in the Wolfpack stand are set at HK$150. 

Early bird sales start from today, 8 March and run through 16 April, after which all tickets will be at full price. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketflap (www.ticketflap.com).

The Sunwolves enter the season under a new coach who familiar to local audiences in former All Black and Japan international Jamie Joseph, who coached the Highlanders in the first ever appearance of a Super Rugby squad in Hong Kong against Racing 92 in 2016, the year after taking the Highlanders to the Super Rugby championship.

Joseph was excited about his impending return to Hong Kong, saying, “That experience going there with the Highlanders was outstanding. The amount of support that we received when we were in Hong Kong with the Highlanders is only going to grow with such a huge Japanese community in Hong Kong, so we are really excited about the match.”

Joseph was also looking forward to some reduced logistical challenges around the game in Hong Kong.


“The challenge for the Sunwolves has not necessarily been the location, we have had many games in Singapore – it has been the compounded amount of travel that the team has had to go through.

“Hong Kong is a closer destination. It is on our way to our first Australian tour to Melbourne and Canberra. It is a perfect stopover for us and the game against the Stormers will be a crucial one in the competition so we are really looking forward to the match,” added Joseph.

“I am looking forward to playing in Hong Kong for the first time,” said Sunwolves co-captain Yutaka Nagare.

“It is very important to build our fan base in Asian countries such as Hong Kong by playing an exciting brand of rugby and hopefully that will lead to the prosperity of rugby in Asia. We want to attract as many people as possible so when it comes to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, people from Hong Kong will come to Japan and support the Japan team. That would be great,” exclaimed Nagare.

“I have a few mates that play sevens and the Hong Kong Sevens is one of the biggest events on the series, so the rugby supporters in Hong Kong are not the problem. I really believe that there is going to be a massive support for us there,” said Willie Britz, co-captain.

For the Sunwolves, the whole culture is about giving back to the fans as well, so taking this game to the people in Hong Kong is a great opportunity for us and we are really excited to play some good footy there,” Britz added.